‘Because I Got High’-Rapper Afroman Burns Cannabis and Cops, Turning Raid of Home into Tunes

Afroman during a 2011 performance in Florida (Chris Gilmore via Flickr)
Rotund rapper Afroman, famous for his Y2K party anthem "Because I Got High," flipped the script on local cops in Adams County, Ohio, turning a violent police raid on his home into viral tunes.

Afroman, the Rabelaisian hip-hop artist known for such hedonistic hits as “Because I Got High” and “Colt 45,” knows the best way to clap back at the sheriffs’ deputies who rampaged through his Adams County, Ohio home on Aug. 21 — ridicule them with song.

Using security cam footage of the inept home invasion of his property, Afroman (born Joseph Edgar Foreman) musically mocks the law enforcement agents who turned his house upside down. The cops act like they were on the hunt for El Chapo’s son: busting down the rapper’s door, rummaging through his CDs and clothing and seizing more than $5,000 in cash, as well as (reportedly) a vape pen and some hemp.

Afroman, 48, was away at the time of the raid, which was authorized by a warrant seeking evidence for possession and trafficking of drugs, as well as “kidnapping.”  (No charges have been filed against the rapper.) This part of the warrant leads to some of the funniest lines in his new song, “Will You Help Me Repair My Door,” which went viral on YouTube and TikTok.


Any kidnapping victims inside my CDs?
Any kidnapping victims inside my CDs?
The Adams County Sherrif’s Department, you can get these
There are no kidnapping victims in my, in my CDs
How many pounds of weed are inside my CDs?
How many pounds of weed are inside my CDs?

All of this is crooned as Keystone Kops open CDs and turn out the pockets of Afroman’s suits. In one scene, the deputies discover some cash, which they confiscate. The sheriff’s department later agreed to return the cash to Afroman, who stopped by with his attorney and a reporter and TV crew from the local Fox 19 affiliate.  The Fox reporter and others watch a sheriff’s office employee cut open sealed bags of cash only to discover they’re $400 short.

Naturally, Afroman comments on both the missing money and footage of deputies eventually shutting down his security cameras in “Will You Help Me Repair My Door”:

Why are you stealing my money?
Why are you stealing my money?
You represent the law and its funny
You’re stealing my legal-worked-hard-everyday-paid-taxes money
The sheriff disconnected my cameras
The sheriff disconnected my cameras
The sheriff should be locked up in slammers
The Adams County Sherrif’s Department disconnected my cameras

In an interview with Vice magazine’s Katie Way, Afroman observed that medicinal marijuana is now legal in Ohio, and he speculated about the intentions of the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.

I guess they heard I was trafficking drugs. I don’t know where the kidnapping charges came from. And what they wanted to do was kill me and then make up whatever they wanted to say. After they kicked in the house door, I wasn’t home. They didn’t find anything, and their plan backfired. I hate to keep singing that old racism song, but gee whiz, man, I really don’t know. You didn’t have to raid my house with guns for a vape pen somebody else left at my house. I don’t have a million pounds of weed in my house. I don’t have enough weed in my house to get them to run up my driveway and react like that.

In response, Adams County Sheriff Kimmy Rogers told Way that “the result of a neighboring sheriff’s office investigation into Afroman’s claim is imminent.” Rogers also seemed particularly butt-hurt by the negative calls and messages his department has been receiving in the wake of Afroman’s songs.

After all, Rogers’ people were just acting like . . . cops. The overkill displayed by Rogers’ deputies during the raid is pretty much par for the course for law enforcement agencies across the country, including the FBI.

Indeed, the chaos wreaked on Afroman’s house resembles the FBI’s actions in the 2018 raids on the homes of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the founders of Front Page Confidential and ex-owners of Backpage. The feds even left a calling card of sorts, hidden amongst paperwork on Lacey’s desk: a paper fan with the slogan, “Today’s FBI. It’s for you.”

As TechDirt writer Tim Cushing observed of the assault on Afroman’s house:

“This raid is like countless others that occur daily across the nation. And it contains the same casual abuses officers engage in just as regularly. Like the decision to pocket the cash found in the pocket of one of Afroman’s coats . . . just because.”

Perhaps Afroman will get the last guffaw. His other song about the raid, Lemon Pound Cake, skewers an overweight deputy who’s caught on video eyeing Afroman’s lemon pound cake like he’s ready to drop his Glock and chow down right there.

Afroman sings:

He’s a Adams County sheriffHe’s hungry and he’s big as hell (hmm-hmm)He was sniffing for weedThen he smelled another smell (what was that?)

Mamma’s lemon pound cakeIt tastes so niceIt made the sheriff wanna put down his gunAnd cut him a slice (of what? of what?)

Afroman told Vice he’s even got a Lemon Pound Cake album in the works.

“I’m gonna make as much money off the police department as I can,” the jolly rapper enthused, adding, “The only dollars I might make is the dollars I create for exposing them on social media. So, keep up with me—any time they hear Lemon Pound Cake, it’s me following up on police injustice and reform.”

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Stephen Lemons is an award-winning investigative journalist with more than 20 years of experience covering everything from government corruption to white-supremacist gangs. In addition to Front Page Confidential, his work has appeared in Phoenix New Times, the Los Angeles Times, Salon.com, and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report magazine.

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